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Launch event in the foyer of the White Rock Theatre - photo Sara-Louise Bowrey

Launch event in the foyer of the White Rock Theatre – photo: Sara-Louise Bowrey

The Guildhall Trust reveals 2024 programme and plans for the White Rock Theatre

Following the recent Launch event at the White Rock Theatre, the Guildhall Trust unveils its new programme and plans for the White Rock since becoming the venue’s new operator. It proposes to develop the programme on offer, build community partnerships and increase engagement with schools, young people and the creative sector. The text below is supplied by Kate Gordon of Bright Spark PR.

Mark Turner (Chairman of the board of trustees) talks to Julia Hilton: photo Sara-Louise Bowrey

Mark Turner, right (Chairman of the board of trustees) talks to council leader Julia Hilton: photo Sara-Louise Bowrey

Aiming to present the best in live entertainment in East Sussex, The Guildhall Trust plans to introduce a broader programme of live music and shows; develop the Sussex Studio into an intimate performance space with its own unique programme of music, comedy, drama, dance and family theatre; introduce new events including a Games Fest in 2024; deliver a wider ‘Get Involved’ programme of activities for the community and invest further into the theatre building.

Jo Brand

Jo Brand – image courtesy of White Rock Theatre

The Guildhall Trust will also be introducing Dance Live!, the school and college dance event that is taking the country by storm, and is excited to announce a brand-new pantomime for 2024 – details of which will be announced soon. Included in the 2024 line-up are comedians John Bishop, Al Murray, Ben Elton, Chris Moyles 90s Hangover, Jimmy Carr, Jo Brand and Frank Skinner; live music such as Jools Holland and the London African Gospel Choir and dancing at the Silent Disco.


Nadine Passley, (Venue Director,) being interviewed with Andy GraysPeter Mould

Nadine Passley, (Venue Director,) being interviewed, with Andy Grays (centre)- photo: Peter Mould

Nadine Passley, Venue Director, commented, “We are really excited for the future of the White Rock! The Guildhall Trust’s vision and values resonate with what we have already been achieving with our Youth Theatre and community programme so we can’t wait to see how this is expanded. The Trust has exciting plans for the venue in terms of how it wants to develop the programme, the studio space and the new events it wants to bring to Hastings, including Dance Live! and a Games Fest.”

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About The Guildhall Trust

Andy Grays, CEO of the Guildhall Trust

Andy Grays, CEO of the Guildhall Trust – photo Peter Mould

The Guildhall Trust is a leading cultural management organisation that specialises in venue management, cultural consultancy, creative learning, and event management services.

A registered charity, The Guildhall Trust places its communities at the centre of everything it does to deliver inspirational opportunities that entertain, inspire and transform lives.

With a wealth of experience, knowledge and proven success as the sole operator of Portsmouth Guildhall since 2011, The Guildhall Trust has a background of delivering a high-quality programme and achieving commercial sustainability whilst also delivering social impact. The Trust is excited to add the White Rock to its portfolio and develop the venue as a vibrant, multi-faceted asset for Hastings and the East Sussex region.

Find out more about the Guildhall Trust here.

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Posted 14:08 Sunday, Feb 11, 2024 In: Hastings Life,Local News

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